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Zucchini Pasta and meat sauce
This is a delicious, filling dish. If you want a healthy, gluten free pasta alternative, make pasta with zucchini! My daughter loves it. I suggest you get the kids involved preparing the dish. They will have fun as they help prepare the “pasta” by putting the zucchini through the “Vegetti.” You can find a Vegetti online for around $15. I use the thicker side of the Vegetti for zucchini so it doesn’t fall apart when I’m cooking it.
Tips: Buy zucchini that are 2-3 inches in diameter (make sure they are firm because soft, stale zucchini will not shred well). Please be sure to read the ingredients label. Avoid sauces with added sugar or corn syrup. Avoid preservatives (sodium glutamate or potassium sorbate). Organic is best when selecting veggies and tomato sauce. Purchase 90% lean beef. A little fat is ok. Grass fed beef is recommended as it has more health benefits and reduced risk of malady producing effects of regular store bought meat. More on this later.
Cost per item:
1 jar Arrabiata Sauce from Trader Joes-3.29
1 pound of ground beef-$6
1 medium sized onion (optional) chopped $1
4 tablespoons of olive oil-50 cents
Grated cheese (optional)
Serves 4-6 or more large portions at around $4 per person.
Transform zucchini into pasta in veggetti and cut to desired lengths (I leave mine whole. My daughter loves it that way. Set aside prepped zucchini.
Sauté onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until translucent. Remove Onion from pan but reserve any oil in pan. Brown ground beef in same pan. Add desired salt and pepper to ground beef (go easy). Drain fat from pan. Add tomato sauce and heat through.
In a separate pan:
Warm two table spoons of olive oil. Place zucchini in pan and sauté about 2.5 minutes on each side. Do not allow the zucchini to become translucent. It should be wilted but still have a considerable amount of crunch left. Remove from heat and now you can add a little salt to taste. Once the zucchini is done you can serve one of two ways:
One: place on plate and put a generous amount of meat sauce over it.
Two: place zucchini in pan with meat sauce and give a gentle stir.
Plate your pasta and enjoy! Let me know what you think! You can contact me via email. Feel free to post pictures of this dish on our FaceBook page once you make it and let us know how much you loved it.